Get to know the LiiNCS Team

Meet the LiiNCS Team and find out what makes each of them unique!

Executive Director

LiiNCS Founder and Executive Director Michael Watt is the president of Long Island Inc., a consulting firm that advocates on behalf of small businesses, most notably the 500-plus members of the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association. From 2003 to 2007 […]

Greg Needle

President

Steve Polgar

Director of Fundraising

Steve Polgar grew up in Oneonta, NY where as a Freshman in he created his high school’s first website. While a freshman at Delaware Valley University, he founded Children’s Learning Foundation (CLF), an all-volunteer national charity that makes learning fun and […]

Chief Marketing Officer

Laura Cheek is a social media manager, brander choreographer, and business savvy millennial. After graduating from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, Laura bustled her way through freelancing gigs in NYC in the events and fashion industries. During that time, […]

Chief Technology Office

Justin joins LiiNCS as a leader of the Technology Committee. Justin is a co-founder and Technology Consultant at smartIT, helping local companies and non-profits with advanced IT, Software, and Communications Consulting, Support, and the smarter way of doing IT. Justin […]

Marketing and Social Media Director

“My favorite thing about Long Island is that you’re never too far from the water. Growing up around this ocean-oriented environment and access to explore the waterways by boat, ledme to my career in the marine industry.  Being able to […]

Amit Gera President, Perfume Brothers, Inc. Partner, Five Star Hotel Group LLC Amit Gera is President of Perfume Brothers, Inc., a distributor and wholesaler of brand-name fragrances, cosmetics and beauty products, and a Partner at Five Star Hotel Group LLC, […]

Marketing Director

Starting at Lessing’s Hospitality in 2013 as their Social Media Coordinator, Nick had mastered the art of combining data analytics and content creation. Today, as the Digital Marketing Manager, he is responsible for all digital collateral, pay per click ad […]

Chief Financial Officer

Chris received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Adelphi University in 2008. Upon graduating, Chris began his career in public accounting where he has spent the last 10 years working with private businesses across of variety of industries. […]

Technology Leader

Ryan J. Coyne is a visionary tech entrepreneur, business development strategist, and public speaker with a passion for ideas and effective communication aiding the bright future of Long Island, New York City, and the world. Deeply immersed in tech since early […]